Quotes Uncovered: TV Catchphrases

Two years ago, I asked for suggestions for the most memorable contemporary TV catchphrases of recent years, to help with the next edition of The Yale Book of Quotations. Let me repeat my “bleg” from that time, and ask again for suggestions:

The Yale Book of Quotations has a large section of the most famous television catchphrases. The list is stronger on pre-1980 catchphrases than post-1980 catchphrases, perhaps reflecting the fact that my own TV-watching was concentrated in the 1960’s and 1970’s. A couple of years ago I blegged on the Project Wombat listserv, asking for suggestions of famous post-1980 TV catchphrases not already included in the YBQ.

The ones with the most votes were:

“Yada, yada, yada.” (Seinfeld)
“Well, isn’t that special?” (Saturday Night Live)
“You look mahvelous!” (Saturday Night Live)
“No soup for you!” (Seinfeld)
“Bam!” (Emeril Live)
“I’m Larry, this is my brother Darryl …” (Newhart)
“Norm!” (Cheers)
“The tribe has spoken.” (Survivor)
“Yeah, that’s the ticket.” (Saturday Night Live)
“Homey don’t play that!” (In Living Color)
“How you doin’?” (Friends)
“Here it is, your moment of Zen.” (The Daily Show)
“You eeeediot!” (Ren and Stimpy)
“Holy crap!” (Everybody Loves Raymond)
“Heh heh.” (Beavis and Butthead)
“Hey now!” (The Larry Sanders Show)

I would welcome further suggestions of famous post-1980 TV catchphrases not already in the YBQ. I realize that there may be a few Freakonomics readers who do not yet have copies of the YBQ, but suggestions of catchphrases that turn out already to be in the book are fine too.

Nick O'Leary

perhaps "That's what she said" from the office?

Jean Val Jean

"Is that your final answer?"
--Who wants to be a millionaire?


"DOH!" - Homer Simpson


"They killed Kenney! You bastards!"


"Have mercy!" -Uncle Jessy from "Full House"

"Did I do that?" -Steve from "Family Matters"

"We need dinosaur power, now!" -Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

"mmmm... *insert food item here*" Homer simpson from "The Simpsons"

"Oh my God! You killed Kenny! You bastard!" various characters from "South Park"


Nothing from the simpsons???? D'oh, thank you come again, hi everybody, worst ___ ever, ............ there's so many!

Miguel Llorens

"We were on a break!" - Friends


"Denny Crane." (Boston Legal)

Dan B

"Preeeeetty, preeeetty, preeeetty, preetty good" Curb Your Enthusiasm

"She had man hands!" Seinfeld

"Blerg" Liz Lemon, 30 Rock


"Whatchu talkin' 'bout Willis?" -Diff'rent Strokes


"Suit up!" - How I met your mother
"How YOU doin?" - Joey from Friends


"STAT!" - ER


"I love it when a plan comes together." Hannibal from The A-Team.


"Save the cheerleader, save the world." - Heroes


"You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." - The Incredible Hulk


-Clay Davis on THE WIRE


I'm lying - whispered by Brick on The Middle

Mary McLachlan

"And how's that working for you?" (Dr. Phil Show)


"Suit Up!" - How I Met Your Mother


Why yes, yes I am (Phineas and Ferb)